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Salvadoran denied abortion recovers after C-section

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — An ill Salvadoran woman who delivered a baby without a brain through a caesarean section after being denied a medical abortion is recovering well and has had her tubes tied as she requested, doctors said Tuesday.

Her baby girl died five hours after the woman had a C-section Monday.

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The 22-year-old woman was stable and remained in intensive care because of her fragile health, doctors said.

‘‘This is a period of high risk because of possible post-surgery complications related to her health,’’ said Dr. Xenia Sandoval, head of the Intensive Care Unit at Maternity Hospital.

The woman, known only as Beatriz for privacy reasons, underwent the operation after 27 weeks of pregnancy.

The country’s Supreme Court last week prohibited an abortion for the mother of one, who suffers from lupus and kidney failure.

Her bid to end what her lawyers said was a life-threatening pregnancy drew international attention and a ruling from the Inter-American Court on Human Rights that El Salvador should protect her life and help her end the pregnancy.

El Salvador’s laws prohibit all abortions, even when a woman’s health is at risk. Beatriz and any doctor who terminated her pregnancy would have faced criminal charges.

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